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Feeder Cattle Review: Winter freeze can’t stop calf prices Play video

Compared to last week, calf prices were higher across the nation although inclement weather hampered marketing in many areas of the United States. Frigid temperatures have persisted throughout much of the country with winter still officially a week away. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cash prices above $130 for 8 weeks in a row

USDA's December supply and demand estimates lowered the midpoint of their farm price forecast for the 2013 corn crop by a dime to $4.40 per bushel. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures higher Thursday

Feeder cattle futures closed sharply higher on Thursday, turning chart patterns higher and closing firmly above the 40-50 day moving averages. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cash trade unsettled, feeder futures higher

Feeder cattle futures closed higher on the session Tuesday, with a late recovery in the fats and softer corn values inspiring the advance. Overnight trade is narrowly mixed and corn is trading slightly higher. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures start the week with a move higher

Live cattle futures closed moderately higher on Monday, with short covering a significant feature. Overall show lists were smaller for the week, with the Kansas list the main contributor. FULL STORY »

Recent changes in U.S.-Mexican cattle and beef trade

Cattle and beef trade between the U.S. and Mexico has evolved over many years to increasingly complex and integrated levels. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Colder weather to lead to fewer feeder placements

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately higher on Friday but off about 1.00 for the week in the January contract. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Markets play catch-up after Thanksgiving Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calf markets were active following the Thanksgiving holiday week with many markets selling two weeks’ worth of receipts. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures modestly higher Wednesday

Feeder cattle futures settled modestly higher on Wednesday, in spite of another higher close in the corn market. FULL STORY »

Using, not buying, livestock gross margin for cattle

While visiting with agriculture bankers in recent weeks, several asked about feeding margins and what their customers could do to manage margins. Protecting the margin is a common concern of cattle feeders too. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures temporarily bearish

Feeder cattle futures settled narrowly mixed on Monday, with light bear spreading a feature. FULL STORY »

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